The Crimson seen in action in the Crimson 7’s tournament win against New Hampshire on March 26, 2016. The young team was lead by sophomore Dalton Youngblood and freshman Caitlin Weigel. Weigel played an instrumental part in the Crimson’s performance by contributing a pair of key scores.
Most varsity-level sports have cores centered around their upperclassmen. They are the players who have been around the longest and are the most seasoned. But the women’s rugby team at Harvard has only competed at a varsity level for three years, so it has only recently begun to recruit players. As one of the 11 freshmen on the team, Caitlin Weigel has already begun to make an impact due to her extensive background in the sport.
The Harvard women’s rugby team has played in four tournaments this sevens season and for the fourth time, it made it to the semifinals. This time, however, the team went 3-1 en route to the championship game of the Atlanta 7s tournament played at Kennesaw State University this weekend. The Crimson competed against Life University’s A team, Ohio State, Texas A&M, and Lindenwood in pool play before competing against Life in the championship game of the two-day tournament.
While softball's Taylor Cabe claimed this week's Athlete of the Week honor, she wasn't the only Crimson athlete to record strong performances this week. Sophomores Datlon Youngblood, of women's rugby, and Julia Glynn, of women's lacrosse, are this week's Athlete of the Week runners up.
The Harvard women’s rugby team continued its sevens schedule this past weekend at the Quinnipiac Sevens Tournament in Hamden, Conn.. The eight-team field included West Chester, AIC, Dartmouth, Norwich A, Norwich B, Quinnipiac, and Army. The Crimson went 3-2 on the day, going 2-1 in pool play before losing to Quinnipiac in the semifinals. The team would go on to beat the Norwich A squad in the Cup Consolation game, taking third at the tournament.
After playing their first two sevens tournaments of the spring season, the Harvard women’s rugby team has made two things abundantly clear: the team’s underclassmen are strong, and the Crimson’s defense does not give up many points.
The Crimson seen in action against Princeton on October 3, 2015 in a 17-10 win to take the Ivy Conference victory. To attain the same goal, the team will need the same effort and dedication from its members as it prepares for the spring season, consisting mainly of high-intensity sevens tournaments.
The Harvard women’s rugby team (3-1, 0-0 Ivy League) is young. The team recruited six freshmen last season, and 16 of the 24 players on the team during the fall were either freshmen or sophomores. Going into the second half of its season, the team has time to grow and improve.
The Harvard women’s rugby team was part of history this weekend, participating in the first ever National Collegiate Women's Varsity Rugby Association Tournament, where the Crimson fell, 58-21, to Army.
Facing Brown for the third year in a row, the Harvard women’s rugby team couldn’t replicate the outcome of its historic inaugural varsity season only two years ago, allowing four tries en route to a 27-17 loss. The third place game also saw the Crimson fall to Princeton.